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  • Roebuck's bell found by team led by WA Museum's Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy

    Marking 300 years since the death of William Dampier

    News | Created 19 Mar 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton will host a series of free lectures to mark 300 years since the death of explorer William Dampier.

    WA Museum Maritime Archaeology curator Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy will present the first of three lectures, Elusive Phantoms: Finding William Dampier and the Roebuck at 2pm, on Sunday 22 March 2015.  He will reveal the adventures of Dampier and describe how Their Majesties’ Ship Roebuck – one of the most famous exploration ships – was found.

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  • WA Museum's Dr Zoe Richards examining corals at one of the ancient Leluh tombs

    WA Museum coral expert helps date ancient tombs

    News | Created 16 Mar 2015

    Western Australian Museum researcher Dr Zoe Richards has identified coral used in three sacred pyramid tombs on a prehistoric Micronesian island to date their construction to the 14th Century, more than 300 years earlier than was previously thought.

    Dr Richards and an international team of scientists investigated the ages of corals used in the construction of sacred tombs that interred royalty on the Pacific Island of Kosrae. 

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  • Australian men queuing to enlist, Melbourne Town Hall

    The Last Gentlemen of War extended

    News | Created 13 Mar 2015

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles today announced that due to strong demand the Museum’s The Last Gentlemen of War exhibition will remain open for a further two weeks, now extended until Sunday, 10 May.

    Mr Coles said the exhibition, produced by the WA Museum, tells the compelling story on the Battle of Cocos, Australia’s successful first naval engagement in World War One which took place more than 100 years ago on 9 November, 1914.

    “While this story is relatively unknown, it is one which has brought great national pride to both countries,” Mr Coles said.

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  • Artisan’s recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Air screw

    Da Vinci Machines at WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 12 Mar 2015

    Experience Leonardo da Vinci’s genius first-hand when da Vinci Machines opens at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Saturday 14 March.

    This exciting exhibition features 60 of his visionary inventions in the areas of flying machines, nautical innovations, and machines of war, alongside 15 beautifully crafted replicas of famous da Vinci artworks.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the exhibition is unlike anything the Goldfields community has experienced.  

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  • Muslim fashion bloggers Delina Darusman-Gala and Mya Arifin with a group of friends. Photo by Marinco Kojdanovski. © Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

    Muslim women’s style on display in the Great Southern

    News | Created 11 Mar 2015

    An exhibition showcasing Muslim women’s contemporary fashion will open at the Western Australian Museum – Albany and the Katanning Art Gallery this week.

    Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia focuses on an emerging modest fashion market and the work of Australian Muslim designers and entrepreneurs.

    A group of well-respected Australian Muslim women also share their experiences of faith and fashion.

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  • Helicopter Ride with Brooksy to See My Father’s Ngurra (Country) 2011 by Ken Shepherd acrylic on canvas © Ken Shepherd

    New Aboriginal art movement showcased at Western Australian Museum - Geraldton

    News | Created 10 Mar 2015

    An exhibition of unique works from an Aboriginal art movement emerging from the Western Desert will open this week at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton.

    Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes features paintings and sculptures which were produced at Warakurna, a community at the foot of the Rawlinson Ranges in Western Australia, 300 kilometres west of Uluru (Ayers Rock), and will be on display from 13 March.

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    One Day from Glory – a World Cup retrospective

    News | Created 27 Feb 2015

    So you think you know your World Cup cricket?

    Why not test yourself at the Western Australian Museum’s World Cup exhibition – One Day from Glory – which goes on display today in the foyer at the WA Museum – Perth, and should help you join up the dot balls.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum’s tribute to the World Cup, its history, its origins, highs and lows, and its controversies, will take you back through the journey that brought cricket’s greatest one-day prize to where it is today.

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  • How to find gold

    News | Created 24 Feb 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder will host a lecture this week about how to find gold more easily.

    Senior exploration geologist David Nixon will present Clz – Not All Laterites Are Created Equal to answer common questions asked by prospectors, on Wednesday 25 February.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said it will be interesting to hear how someone with extensive local knowledge finds gold on the Goldfields.

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  • Shipwreck Galleries to close temporarily for maintenance

    News | Created 20 Feb 2015

    The Western Australian Museum is commencing the final phase of planned maintenance work at the historic Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle, beginning 3 March, 2015.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Shipwreck Galleries will be closing for approximately six weeks while work is done to replace the ageing roof and remediate the limestone walls of the heritage listed Commisariat Building, which dates back to 1852.

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  • Ruby Seadragon, scientific name Phyllopteryx dewysea

    Rare Ruby Seadragon uncovered in WA

    News | Created 19 Feb 2015

    A new species of seadragon has been discovered off the coast of Western Australia by researchers at the Western Australian Museum.

    The bright red Ruby Seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) is only the third species of seadragon ever recorded in the world.

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  • Researchers carefully excavating burial site at Beacon Island

    Final days of expedition reveal new Batavia burials

    News | Created 10 Feb 2015

    A team of WA archaeologists and scientists has found the remains of four people in a sequence of remarkable discoveries at Beacon Island, part of the Houtman Abrolhos off the coast of Geraldton.

    The research team, from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australia, returned to Perth yesterday after an expedition to Beacon Island to examine archaeological sites related to one of WA’s most famous shipwrecks, the Batavia.

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  • Archaeologist carefully excavating new burial site at Beacon Island.

    Expedition reveals new Batavia burial site

    News | Created 4 Feb 2015

    Archaeologists from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australia are back at Beacon Island examining archaeological sites related to one of WA’s most famous shipwrecks, the Batavia.

    One burial site containing the remains of an adolescent person was carefully excavated by the team yesterday.  Further investigations of other sites are continuing

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  • Reveal WAM app artwork

    New app puts the WA Museum in your pocket

    News | Created 20 Jan 2015

    The Western Australian Museum’s incredible collections and valuable research are now more accessible than ever with the release of a new app that effectively puts the Museum in your pocket.

    The new app – Reveal WAM – streams WA Museum content direct to your smartphone or tablet, and was released this morning.

    Reveal WAM packages articles, blogs, videos and web features into a simple mobile app.

    Digital Services Manager Morgan Strong said the Museum aims to reach the public in as many ways as possible.

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  • Historic shipwreck hunt bound for Christmas Island

    News | Created 19 Jan 2015

    Half a century after making a major shipwreck discovery that would lead to a lifelong passion for maritime archaeology, Graeme Henderson is setting out once more to find a Fortuyn.

    On 19 January, Graeme and a team of Australian shipwreck archaeologists plan to leave Perth bound for Australia’s Indian Ocean territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos Keeling Islands on a quest they’re calling ‘Closing in on the Fortuyn’.

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  • Artist's concept of themed use of internal space in the New Museum incorporating a blue whale skeleton

    Would you like to help plan our New Museum?

    News | Created 12 Jan 2015

    Forty West Australians are being asked to join the team planning the State’s New Museum.

    A number of community panels are being established to provide input and feedback into the content and proposed design of the Museum that will open in 2020.

    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said a people-first approach was being adopted to create a landmark museum building and unique visitor experience. You can read the Minister's full statement here.

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  • Close up of ‘Pokey’, a small-bodied Dampier Peninsula Goanna, picture courtesy of R. Ellis/WA Museum

    World’s smallest goanna lizard species discovered in the Kimberley region

    News | Created 30 Dec 2014

    The WA Museum is pleased to announce the discovery of a new species of goanna lizard from the Kimberley region.

    The name of the new species is the ‘Dampier Peninsula Goanna’, so-called as this species is only known from the peninsula north of Broome and Derby, in the western Kimberley region of Western Australia. The scientific name is Varanus sparnus.

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  • Brig Amity replica in Albany

    New management for Brig Amity replica

    News | Created 24 Dec 2014

    The Western Australian Museum – Albany is proud to announce it has taken over visitor management for the Brig Amity replica after an extensive refurbishment program by the City of Albany.

    Rachel Wilsher-Saa, WA Museum – Albany Regional Manager said since opening in 1976, the replica of the Brig Amity has been an integral part of the Albany landscape.

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  • Santa sitting in an old red car in Kalgoorlie

    Holiday Closure at the Museum

    News | Created 19 Dec 2014

    The holiday season is fast approaching and, as usual, the Museum’s metropolitan and regional sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. 

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  • Slides from the Dywer and Mackay collection

    Historic Australian photographs now online

    News | Created 18 Dec 2014

    A collection of photographs documenting Australian life at the turn of the 20th century is now available on the Western Australian Museum’s website.

    Five thousand images taken by Goldfields photographers John Joseph Dwyer and Thomas Faulkner Mackay have been digitised and are accessible to the public. 

    The collection documents everyday life on the Goldfields: from the development of the mining industry, to landscapes, to the personal lives of locals through portraits.

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